Family Friendly Shows: Sensory Friendly • Autism-Friendly • Relaxed Performance
Alladdin the Musical at New Amsterdam Theatre
214 W 42nd St, NYC
Mar 3. Discover a whole new world at ALADDIN, the hit Broadway musical.
Big Umbrella Festival at Lincoln Center
10 Lincoln Center Plaza, NYC
Relaxed Performances: Adapted for neurodiverse audiences, including children with autism or other disabilities. At these performances, there are no restrictions around noise or movement, audience members are welcome to leave and re-enter the theater, and adjustments are made to these productions to reduce sensory stimuli.
- Oct 27-28. Is this a Dagger? The Story of Macbeth
“By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.” Andy Cannon is one of Scotland’s finest storytellers for children. With a few simple props, he takes on multiple roles to recount Shakespeare’s Scottish Play in this riveting one-man show. Using contemporary language and easy-going humor that tempers the play’s more gruesome events, Cannon takes audience members young and old on a thousand-year journey from fact to fiction and back again.
- Nov 4. Cas Public and Kopergietery
Take a transformative journey of the senses with the preeminent Quebecois dance company Cas Public, returnin to Lincoln Center after their sold-out production of Gold in 2015. 9 begins with dancer Cai Glover gently taking off his hearing aid. With choreography inspired by sign language and ballet, he and four other dancers enter the world of Beethoven’s monumental Ninth Symphony and its famous Ode to Joy. Awe-inspiring and uplifting, 9 pushes back the boundaries of silence, transcends our preconceived notions of otherness, and transforms bodies into language.
- Mar 16-17. You and Me and the Space Between
When the island of Proud Circle springs a leak, it takes the curious mind of a child to save the island, its people, and their ways. From Australia’s most accomplished children’s playwright, Finegan Kruckemeyer, comes this original tale of wonder and invention, brought to life with storytelling, choreographed projections, and live-drawn animation.
- Apr 6-14. Scurry
The same three squirrels (also called a scurry) have been having parties for no reason for as long as they can remember. But one day, one of them doesn't show up, and in their place is an unexpected guest. From the creators of the critically acclaimed Up and Away and Campfire, this new play for the very young explores themes of loss, change, and empathy when a group of squirrels is faced with a newcomer who wants to join their party.
- May 4-5. Shh...Bang!
In this buoyant dance-theater piece, two curious characters playfully explore the spaces between silence and noise. Tip-toes, leaps, and cartwheels set off whooshes, tick tocks, boings, and bells to the gleeful joy of both the performers and the young audience members, who are eventually invited on stage to share in the experience. Together they learn to feel the noise and see the sounds around them.
Accessibility: Braille and large-print programs, assistive listening, sign language interpretation, captioning, and audio description are available for select performances and upon request.
Blue Man Group Special Autism-Friendly Performance at Astor Place Theatre
434 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003
Nov 3. Blue Man Group is a creative organization centered on a trio of mute performers that present themselves in blue paint, latex bald caps, and black clothing. A calming environment will be created in the Astor Place Theatre for anyone seeking a break from the high-energy fun of the show. Headphones will be available upon request.
Disney's Frozen at St. James Theatre
246 West 44th Street, NYC.
Nov 4. Frozen is the timeless tale of two sisters, pulled apart by a mysterious secret. As one young woman struggles to find her voice and harness her powers within, the other embarks on an epic adventure to bring her family together once and for all. Both are searching for love. They just don't know where to find it. This is a special performance for individuals on the autism spectrum, as well as people with other developmental or cognitive disabilities who may benefit.
My Fair Lady at Lincoln Center Theater
150 West 65th Street, NYC.
May 5. Tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a “proper lady.” But who is really being transformed?
The New Victory Theater|
209 W 42nd Street, NYC. Autism-Friendly Performances. Accessibility : Assistive listening devices, Audio-described performances, Sign-interpreted performances
- Nov 4. Beauty & the Beast
Brimming with surprises and broad comic delights, this rowdy and rustic re-telling of the familiar French fable features a feisty heroine, a preposterous pair of loudmouthed, spoiled sisters and an enchanted prince with some monstrously bad pick-up lines. An ensemble of six actor-musicians weaves spellbinding narration, clever dialogue, and a Jazz Age score into a ferociously fun show about love, family and the notion that beauty—and beastliness—are only skin-deep.
- Dec 14. Circus Abyssinia
This holiday season, wishes do come true! Growing up, real-life brothers Bibi and Bichu wanted one thing: to someday join the circus. Now they're here to share their dream with you and your family. Everyone will be grinning from ear to ear as agile tumblers ricochet around the stage, elastic contortionists twist into unfathomable shapes and expert jugglers exchange an endless array of objects. Let the infectious joy and effervescent energy of Ethiopia's astonishing circus artists warm your heart and inspire you to dream big.
- Jan 26. Emily Brown
How will Emily Brown ever get to sleep with The Thing making such a racket?! A friendly but woeful creature, The Thing has lost his Cuddly in the Dark and Scary Wood and won't stop crying. Plucky, brave and determined to save the day, Emily and her trusty sidekick, Stanley the rabbit, leap into action.
- Mar 2. Ajijaak
Kites morph into soaring birds and branches transform into a gentle deer. Visionary puppetry artist Heather Henson and Grammy Award winner Ty Defoe bring together an ensemble of North American First Nations Peoples to tell the tale of Ajijaak, a young whooping crane who must face her first migration south. Indigenous songs, languages, and dance weave together in a spectacle of artistry to create this affecting fable about the dangerous effects of climate change on animals and our Mother Earth.